Camp (Timbavati Private Nature Reserve) South Africa
Located on the boundary of the world renowned Kruger
National Park, Ngala Private Game Reserve is well known for
its high densities of elephant, buffalo and rhino, as well
as for its African wild dogs. Ngala was the first private
game reserve to be incorporated into the Kruger National
Park and has exclusive traversing rights on almost 15 000
hectares (37 100 acres) of one of the richest wildlife
regions on the African continent. A spectacular diversity of
wildlife moves through this immense wilderness, including
elephant, spotted hyena, giraffe, buffalo and white rhino.
Ngala means “lion” in Shangaan and the Reserve lives up to
its name, supporting several prides of these powerful cats.
However, it is even better known for excellent viewing of a
more elusive cat, offering regular sightings of leopard,
particularly females with their young. With more open bush
than the nearby Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Ngala guarantees
exclusive game viewing opportunities guided by expertly
trained &Beyond rangers. In one of Africa’s most innovative
conservation partnership agreements, an annual lease,
traversing fee and percentage of Ngala’s profits is paid to
the National Parks Trust to further conservation projects
throughout South Africa.
While Ngala Tented Camp never lets you forget that you
are in the wild, there is nothing primitive about this chic
and contemporary camp. The romance of canvas, with big night
sounds and flickering lanterns lighting the camp grounds,
mingles with the simple sophistication of polished wooden
decks, textured fabrics and clean lines. Ngala is a true
safari experience where guests go to bed to the sounds of
lion calling, safely cosseted in modern tented suites and
pampered with the warm hearted service that embodies the
soul of Africa.
Peering out onto the banks of the seasonal Timbavati
River from the shelter of dense indigenous trees, six tented
suites offer a tranquil escape for wired city dwellers and
frazzled travellers alike. The sights and sounds of the bush
provide a gentle backdrop to life at Ngala, as the ancient
patterns of African life carry on around the Camp. Every
step unveils a new surprise, whether it’s a dainty impala
tripping down the Camp path or a smart detail in the clean
lines and flamboyant styling of the guest areas.
Mounted on raised platforms, large gauze screen windows
let the bushveld breeze into your tent, stirred and
amplified by swirling overhead fans. Stone partitions and
wooden sides carve cozy niches in the spacious suite. An
oversized bathtub awaits on a wooden platform, where gauze
screens open up to the outside and give the effect of
bathing in a giant leafy chamber. An outside shower invites
and entices from the embrace of a thick stone screen.
Activities / Wildlife:
Twice daily game drives - early morning and late
afternoon / evening game drives in an open 4x4 safari
vehicle traverse an area of 14 700 hectares (36 300 acres,
which shares an unfenced boundary with the world-famous
Kruger National Park. Track the Big Five, as well as a rich
variety of other game, in the company of an armed ranger and
Strict vehicle limits at animal sightings ensure the
exclusivity of your wildlife experience and careful off-road
driving positions you for the best photo opportunities.
Rangers are constantly in touch with each other to help keep
track of game and the sensitive approach methods used mean
that the wildlife has become accustomed to the presence of
vehicles. Night game drives provide a fascinating glimpse
into the lives of the predators, particularly the leopard
for which Ngala is renowned.
Interpretive bush walks - in between game drives, take a
leisurely walk within easy reach of your lodge and
experience the sights, smells and sounds of the African
bush. An armed ranger will accompany you and will share his
vast knowledge of the local fauna and flora. Take in the
intimate details of your surroundings, from the intricate
patterns of a spider's web to the bright plumage of the
local birds and the sharp alarms calls of a dozen small
Wonder at the delicate beauty of the leopard
orchid, which flowers in the forks of tree boughs in early
summer, taste the fruit of the marula tree or examine the
meringue-like nests of the foamnest frog suspended from
branches on the edge of pools of water.
From $655 per person per night sharing. Please contact us
for a quote and suggested itinerary.